Analyzing the First 5 Weeks of Carolina Hurricanes’ Season with Advanced Stats

November 17th, 2014 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

The difference between the Carolina Hurricanes' performance in the NHL standings and on the ice has been drastic, surprising and, for the team, most unfortunate.

Despite having won just five of 17 games to date and sporting the second-fewest points in the league, the 'Canes have actually strongly outplayed their opponents in possession and shot production on most nights.

Their Corsi differential—another word for shot attempt differential—ranks ninth in the NHL, according to Hockey Analysis. And even with the season-to-date-long absence of Jordan Staal and partial absences of Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner, the team places even better in average shot attempts taken per game: seventh.

Since starting the campaign 0-5-2 and being out-attempted in six consecutive games, the Hurricanes have been in the positives in that category in eight of their 10 matches since. They most recently peaked in Sunday's game against San Jose, where they out-attempted the Sharks by a whopping 89-46 margin, the team's sixth-best performance in such regard in the past three years.

But the 'Canes rather unbelievably l ...

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